A new cultural event in Liverpool wants to “take a statement against racism” by bringing together musicians and athletes.
To combat racial discrimination, Liverpool Against Racism (LAR) is holding activities all around the city.
The Christians and The Farm, as well as singer Rebecca Ferguson, are among the opening performers.
Liverpool’s mayor, Joanne Anderson, expressed her pride in the city for “taking effective action against social inequality.”
She described the gathering as a “cultural response” to recent events, citing the 2020 death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked worldwide demonstrations.
“Showing a light on the issue may be unsettling and unpleasant for some, but it is also powerful, thought-provoking, and, quite simply, necessary,” she continued.
During the week-long event, former boxing champion Anthony Bellew and TV presenter Charlene White will also participate in seminars.
Yaw Owusu, the festival’s curator, said he hoped the event would be “fearless, open, and profound,” increasing awareness and “creating a route to change.”
The creative consultant said, “Music, art, and discussion are fantastic vehicles for communicating the many narratives around racism.”
Lpsley, MiC Lowry, Jetta, and Greg Wilson are among the other musical performers performing in the Baltic region.
On Tuesday, British historian David Olusoga, the BBC’s interim head of creative diversity Joanna Abeyie, and writer Kevin Powell will join the mayor as keynote speakers in a conference on racism at The Spine in Paddington Village.
On Friday, the Anthony Walker Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) will host a youth empowerment conference at the student union.
Teenagers will be invited to think about what racism means to them, while celebrities such as champion boxer Natasha Jonas will share their experiences and provide advise on how to solve racial and socioeconomic inequities.
Poetry workshops and skate festivals, as well as presentations about the city’s history in the transatlantic slave trade, are being held by cultural organizations.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled Liverpool is hosting this unique event of tremendous cultural relevance,” Ms Anderson, the event’s creator, said.
“We’re leading the way once again by speaking out against social injustice and taking effective action.”